Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Today's the day. Please buy THE ALCHEMISTS OF KUSH.

If The Alchemists of Kush hits the Kindle Top 100 today, I'll donate $500 to ship university textbooks to South Sudan's Dr. John Garang Memorial University.

Please visit ministerfaust.com for the buy link. You can get the entire novel for only $2.99.

You can also get other books by me while you're there. Right now there are three books of short stories. By late afternoon, you'll be able to get BOTH of my previous novels at the same place.

Two books of short stories and two novels... only $2.99 each!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Advance praise for THE ALCHEMISTS OF KUSH

“It was only a matter of time before the hip hop culture would invade the literary world. With The Alchemists of Kush, Minister Faust is leading the invasion. His novel is possibly the first hip hop epic. Hip hop has a short attention span on most  occasions. The Alchemists of Kush gives it gravitas.”

—Ishmael Reed
Author of Mumbo Jumbo and Juice!


“Minister Faust’s first two books broke new ground in the SF field. His latest, The Alchemists of Kush, not only breaks new ground; with the story-telling skills of a modern jali, the Minister creates new vistas of history, mythology, erudition, uplift, tragedy, triumph, and contemporary community activism. Once you start the first page of this book, you won't be able to put it down until you’ve finished the last one.”

—Charles R. Saunders
Author of Imaro and Dossouye


“I started The Alchemists of Kush and kept reading until I finished. Minister Faust has the most electrifying and true voice I've read in years. The Alchemists of Kush is brilliant.”

—Sparkle Hayter
Author of What's A Girl Gotta Do? and Naked Brunch


“I loved the story, the mythology, and the characters. I found myself locked into it for hours at a time and couldn't put it down. Rich in detail ...A great book.”

—Kenneth T. Williams
Playwright of  Thunderstick and Three Little Birds


“A hell of a story. A hell of a book. A hell of a style. A frenetic novel and voice—very enjoyable. Minister Faust knows how to write about male relationships, brotherhoods, and getting into the hearts of men, and about boys turning into men. The Alchemists of Kush is a triumph, not just for Minister Faust, but for Edmonton and the community of Kush.”

—Wayne Arthurson
Author of Final Season and Fall from Grace


“Inspired by a true story and set against an urban backdrop of African immigrant communities in present day Edmonton, Minister Faust weaves a masterful tale around the sacred Book of the Golden Falcon, ten Hermetical scrolls that expound upon the cross pollination of cultural themes and social considerations shared by Original People throughout the African Diaspora.

The Alchemists of Kush is more than a story; it’s a philosophical elixir of Kemetic (Egyptian) folklore, African traditions, urban Sufism, hip hop culture, and Five Percenter pedagogy designed to transmute the challenges of colonialism, assimilation, juvenile delinquency, and moral decay into a universal solvent. Through an array of colourful characters facing unique struggles towards advancing a common cause, Minister Faust boldly takes his readers on an alchemical journey of Self Knowledge, Self Determination, and Community Action, a transformative terrain of true & living ‘gold’!”

—Saladin Quanaah Allah
Blogger, Allah School in Atlantis (ASIA)
Author of Tales of an Urban Sufi and MC on Brothers from Another Planet


The Alchemists of Kush is both a powerful and vital contribution to Canadian literature that looks at contemporary Edmonton from an African-Canadian perspective. The characters in Minister Faust’s novel reflect the true diversity of African-Canadians living in Edmonton. Hopefully this is the beginning of more great novels from people in Edmonton that look like us that tell stories about us.

—Arlo Maverick of Politic Live
MC and Producer on Adaptation and Market Share


“The Alchemists of Kush is its own kind of alchemy. Composed of ancient past, gritty present, mythic fantasy, social activism, it’s how Minister Faust blends it all that gives the book its rare power. Reflecting the brilliance of his earlier novels, Minister Faust again strikes the perfect balance between eloquence and entertainment.

“Within the first twenty pages, I could (and did) imagine The Alchemists of Kush on the big screen. It’s got that epic sweep to it. More importantly, I kept reading (and reading, and reading) because Minister Faust knows it’s all about creating characters you’ll love. I wept at the end.”

—Mark Kozub
Author of The Uptown Browns, A Calgary Album
Founding father of the Raving Poets


“Minister Faust presents a fierce piece of fiction in a way that only he can. I was entertained, educated and fascinated with his alchemy. The Alchemists of Kush has to be one of the best books I've read this year.”

—Milton John Davis
Author of Meji, co-editor of Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology

On Wednesday, please buy THE ALCHEMISTS OF KUSH!

On June 15, 2011, my long-awaited third novel, THE ALCHEMISTS OF KUSH, will be launched.

It's the story of two Sudanese "lost boys" fleeing war, oppression, violence and horrible alienation, each of whom finds a mentor to guide him towards manhood through the chaos of pain.

One lives in the streets of modern-day Kush, E-Town.

The other lived seven thousand years ago, known as Horus, son of Osiris.

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You can buy the e-book instantly on Wednesday for only $2.99!
 
You don't need a Kindle or any other reader. You can get the free Kindle app for your computer here.

Paperback is also available for only $18 from Amazon.com and your local independent bookstore.

WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THE BOOK? TO MAKE ME DONATE $500!

If the book hits the Kindle Top 100 on launch day, I will donate the first $500 of sales to the South Sudan Development Foundation's efforts to ship thousands of books to the Dr. John Garang Memorial University in South Sudan, which currently has no library.


Please invite your friends to the "virtual book launch." Remind them they don't need a Kindle to read the digital book... any computer can do it. And tell them there will be a paperback, but that doesn't count towards the South Sudan university book drive.

You can also buy the e-book as a gift! Merely input your friend's email address and skadoosh! your friend will receive a brand new book instantaneously.

I
would really, really appreciate your help and support on Wednesday to recommend the book on your various platforms (for instance, with your status line and profile photo on Facebook, your Twitter feed, your blogs, etc., if you'd be so kind). Thank you so much. This is huge for me.